Heart Attack Differences in Women and Men

January 29, 2016 Edited by  
Filed under Consumer awareness, Heart disease


Despite advances in medicine and knowledge about the relationship between diet and disease, heart disease remains the number one killer of both American men and women.

In fact, heart attacks affect more women than men in the US, and the death rates from all types of heart disease are higher in women than in men.

But heart attack symptoms differ by gender and it’s wise to know what to look for. A new statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation:

  • Chest pain and discomfort are the most common symptoms of heart attack for both sexes
  • Women are more likely to experience nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath and pain in their back or jaws
  • High blood pressure is more strongly associated with heart attacks in women and diabetes in young women increases risk for heart disease 4-5 times compared to young men in a similar situation

The American Heart Association states that heart disease affects 6.6 million American women each year and that helping females prevent and survive heart attacks through research and awareness is a public health priority.

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